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Sara Khan on BBC Inside Out London

Responding to what has become one of the biggest concerns for many families and communities, BBC’s Inside Out London this Monday picked up on this pressing topic: hundreds of young British Muslims leaving their country to join the ranks of Islamist militant groups linked to ISIS, often lured by false promises of purpose and belonging. Their families are left heartbroken by their children’s fatal decisions.

The episode a features a mother who undertook the perilous journey from the UK to the borders of Syria to bring her son back home and looks at the innovative work being done by British Muslim women, such as the #MakingAStand campaign, to tackle the spread of ISIS’ poisonous message.

Click here to view BBC Inside Out London

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Are we doing enough to protect young Muslims in Britain from being radicalised? In this Inside Out West episode, Inspire co-director Kalsoom Bashir talks about the methods used by extremist recruiters online to groom young people, luring them with false promises.

She warns of a romantic utopia created by those extremists, especially appealing to young girls, exploiting their vulnerabilities. As parents and mothers, we need to keep up a line of communication with our children and engage with their fears, worries and doubts.

Click here to view BBC Inside Out West

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Speaking to BBC Radio 4, founder of Inspire Sara Khan explains why as many as 60 young British Muslim girls to date have left the UK in support of ISIS as either a “jihadi bride” or even to take up arms.

Inspire’s #MakingAStand campaign, launched last week, is a direct response to the radicalisers who are poisoning the minds of these young girls, further evidenced by the recent disappearance of 15 year old Yusra Hussien from Brighton, suspected to be travelling to Syria. For more information on the campaign, see www.wewillinspire.com/making-a-stand/ and tweet your support using the hashtag #makingastand.

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#MakingAStand has launched, inviting Muslim women from across to UK to join us in rejecting the Islamic State and taking a stand against extremism and terrorism, protecting our children and communities.

Both the British and International Media were present at the launch of the campaign in London, with reports from The Telegraph and Al-Arabiya English amongst others.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2014/09/24/-MakingAStand-British-Muslim-women-launch-anti-ISIS-culture-drive.html (Al Arabiya)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-politics/11118828/Theresa-May-British-Muslim-women-must-challenge-extremism-and-fight-the-Islamic-State.html (Telegraph)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/11119150/British-Muslim-women-come-together-to-condemn-Isil.html (Telegraph)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11120869/Muslim-women-Forget-radicalisation-in-mosques-Sheikh-Google-is-the-real-threat-to-young-Muslims.html (Telegraph)

http://www.cairoscene.com/ViewArticle.aspx?AId=14190 (Cairo Scene)

http://www.onenewspage.com/n/World/750moofzr/Muslim-women-make-stand-against-IS.htm (One News Page)

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/video-news/video-muslim-women-make-a-stand-against-is-30613154.html (Belfast Telegraph)

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The sexual abuse and exploitation of 1400 mainly white girls in Rotherham by men predominantly of Pakistani origin has caused shock and outrage. What can be done to give British-Pakistani women in these communities a louder voice? Sara Khan of Inspire and Zlakha Ahmed join Jane Garvey.

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